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Lowballers unite!!!

Discussion in 'Irrigation' started by jcom, Apr 8, 2008.

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  1. jcom

    jcom LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 791

    We quoted a job last year and never heard back. Got a call two weeks ago for an estimate on the same property. We are looking at a 7-8 zone system with 44 psi.

    We bid last year at $2600 in the middle of a busy stretch. Bit the same this spring just to get things going. Homeowner sent a deposit and a signed contract within 3 days.

    This was two weeks ago. Customer called today. Local co. that has been in business here for many years undercut our bid by $600.00! Jeez. Customer was not very happy with us.

    He wanted to know if we could do better. I told him no. I told him if he really wanted to go with the other firm, I would refund his deposit and void the contract.

    Doing this work for other companies price is absolutely beyond my imagination but it is what it is.

    Ideas and opinions are welcome. Please chime in.

  2. CAPT Stream Rotar

    CAPT Stream Rotar LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 6,130

    par the course here in mass.
  3. londonrain

    londonrain LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,129

    I now service systems that I bid on many years ago and someone else did the job at a lower price. The quality shows why....cheap systems have a higher cost of ownership..
  4. Lawn-Sharks

    Lawn-Sharks LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 912

    I feel your pain bro. Just stick to your guns quality always pays off in the long run.
    (If we could only get customers to understand that)
  5. LawnMastersTx

    LawnMastersTx LawnSite Member
    Messages: 222

    I had a friend call me today about giving a bid on his friend's place. He said his friend just got quoted for a 8 zone system for just $1,200.00 and if I could do it cheaper. Well I dont do installs, especially at that price, so I just let him know to tell his friend to make sure that guy is licensed and knows what he is doing.
  6. Flow Control

    Flow Control LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,267

    Here's one: Valpak advertisement

    Annual Service Plan
    Only $75
    Sprinter Start-up & Winterization
    up to 10 zones

  7. Tom Tom

    Tom Tom LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,281

    how do you do 7 to 8 zones for 2600? How much just for material for this system and what are you using?
  8. 1wezil

    1wezil LawnSite Senior Member
    from tn
    Messages: 532

    on a average what do you guys charge per zone to install a new system ?
  9. Tom Tom

    Tom Tom LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,281

    Thats just it, there is no average per zone.

    There may be a range, say 800 to infinity and beyond.
  10. EagleLandscape

    EagleLandscape LawnSite Platinum Member
    Male, from Garland, Texas
    Messages: 4,350

    1000 min. i like 1500 though.
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